Fusing Parisienne aesthetics and London sensibilities, SKIIM creates thoughtfully designed and timeless pieces. Focusing on style rather than trends, each item is inspired by French actresses from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The brand values freedom, humility, depth and personality.
Caroline Sciamma-Massenet began her career in fashion as a model, and she quickly learned what makes a woman want to wear a piece of clothing. Almost two decades later, while working as a stylist at French Vogue and CR Fashion Book, she learned even more about the ideal wardrobe. Caroline found that women like to play with their style, mixing high-end leathers with vintage denim and silk from emerging labels. She learned that women love to individualise their wardrobes and maintain their own identity through what they wear.
With this in mind, Caroline launched her line of ready-to-wear leather pieces, SKIIM. SKIIM is constantly looking to minimise their impact on the environment and has recently expanded its product offering to include accessories and ready-to-wear in eco-friendly natural fibres designed to complement the consciously sourced leather that remains core to the brand.
SKIIM is committed to working with sustainable suppliers who abide by globally recognised social and environmental standards, too. They look for leathers that are a by-product of the meat industry, and they work with tanneries that do not damage the natural environment through their dyeing processes. That typically means vegetable tanning, which results in an organic feel and higher durability.
As SKIIM evolves, so does their commitment to sustainability. Through full control of their supply chain, they are able to maintain their standards and quality. Every piece SKIIM creates reflects that craftsmanship, with the leather’s prominence identified on each one. All of these values come together to allow SKIIM to create beautiful pieces that will last for generations.
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Skiim have been awarded the Butterfly Mark for their measurable impact and company-wide commitments to sustainability.
Want to learn more? Click on the interactive Butterfly Mark on your left and scroll through each Positive Action to read a short description of the brands efforts and achievements as verified by Positive Luxury. You will also be able to find the interactive Butterfly Mark online on the brands website, retailer and partner sites.
Impact and Commitment
DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND PROMOTING EQUAL PAY
SKIIM has corporate policies that promote social sustainability, focused on human rights, diversity, health and safety and equal pay. Their ethical audits help keep the company free from harassment, discrimination and abuse. SKIIM holds their suppliers and factories accountable for these actions, as well. They also have employment contracts help ensure that any issues team members are having are promptly dealt with. SKIIM has a well-being strategy that incorporates positive body image and mental health, and this extends to protect the models they work with, too.
COMPOSTABLE AND RECYCLABLE PACKAGING
SKIIM uses compostable packaging where possible, as well as reusable packaging materials, and they employ a sound shipping and distribution process. When the factories they work with use plastic sleeves to protect their leather, they reuse that plastic and then send it back to the factory. SKIIM is also looking into suppliers that use 100% compostable plastic packaging for garments while they are in transit.
The brand uses recycled paper products, boxes, fillers and tapes, and they reuse packaging to prolong its life. SKIIM also implemented a return policy that requests customers to return unwanted items in the same box they were sent in. All orders are consolidated and delivered in garment bags for customers in London to reduce excess packaging. All marketing materials are made of recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified materials.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY, REDUCING WATER USAGE AND PROMOTING FOREST CONSERVATION
SKIIM is working to reduce their carbon footprint where possible, consolidating deliveries, and trying to keep the sourcing of raw materials local based on the locations of their factories. They consolidated their warehouse and offices to be in one location rather than three this year, as well. They are also taking steps to reduce their energy use, including things like shutting electronics down at the end of the day, minimising printing, using non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products, eliminating plastic bottles and providing safe and healthy working conditions.
SKIIM uses their own dead stock and intend on creating more products that will ensure that these materials don’t get wasted. They are looking for a company who can recycle their unusable scraps. SKIIM is in a position to create a made-to-order service to produce smaller production lines which will help prevent wasteful over-production. In addition to local council mix recycling, they currently collect fabric scraps for recycling and reuse all packaging as long as it is possible.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
SKIIM is committed to Sustainable Development Goal 1, focused on ending poverty; Goal 2, ending hunger and promoting sustainable agriculture; Goal 3, ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being; Goal 4 ensuring quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all; Goal 5, achieving gender equality; Goal 8, promoting sustained economic growth and full and productive employment for all; Goal 9, building resilient infrastructure and fostering innovation; Goal 10, reducing inequality; Goal 12, ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns; and Goal 16, promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
SKIIM support charities like Lady Garden, Drive The Change Charity, and Strawberry Fields. The brand created a SKIIM Babe tee for International Women’s Day awareness, and through the Africa Foundation, their directors are involved in building a school in Africa. SKIIM are sourcing fabrics with help from the Sustainable Angle Studio, and making the sustainably-sourced leather section of Premier Vision a go-to biannually.
CONSCIOUS DESIGN AND UPCYCLED TEXTILES
SKIIM designs for longevity, and they have a preference for natural materials whenever possible. They send leather quality sheets to their suppliers with questions about the provenance of the material. They are committed to using organic, Fair Trade and sustainable fabrics only, and they have begun this journey by sourcing only from suppliers recommended by the Sustainable Angle.
SKIIM is also working with suppliers to eliminate hazardous substances, and their animal welfare policy covers both their suppliers and subcontractors. The wool they use is verified by both Woolmark Certification and The Responsible Wool Standard. SKIIM’s leather is sourced from tanneries with Leather Working Group status. They use recycled and reclaimed textiles in their collections, as well.
SKIIM has an in-house repair service for their leather pieces, and they up-cycle deadstock into new garment and smaller goods. Scrap materials and offcuts are never thrown away.
More than 60% of their raw materials are traced, and they are gathering information regarding environmentally friendly practices via Common Objective, Fashion Revolution, PV Sustainable innovations, their competitors with a strong sustainable ethos, as well as industry talks.
SKIIM IN RESIDENCE, LONDON
SKIIM is bringing a little bit of Paris to the streets of London this Winter.
Stop by 79-81 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AG from November until January 2020 to be immersed in our SKIIM Paris world.